Internal Examination of Hanging Deaths

Ligature Strangulation

Internal injuries are absent in many hangings, even with complete suspension, which underscores that hanging is a gentle form of asphyxia, particularly when self-inflicted 4,7,15,16,23,24,28,50,93,128 . Consciousness is lost rapidly, with little time for purposeful activity 125 . Vagal stimulation leading to sudden cardiac arrest could also be a factor 90 . Internal neck injuries were seen in about 60 of hanging deaths in one series 16 . There was a higher frequency of trauma in complete...

Internal Injuries Owing to Electrocution Table

Traumatic Amputations Blast Injuries

Hospitalized electrocution victims can show evidence of myocardial ischemia and arrhythmias 139,141,145,147,149,152,158 . Because of the onset of arrhythmia can be delayed, these patients are monitored for 24 h after admission, particularly when there is a history of heart disease, loss of consciousness at the scene, or apparent current flow through the heart 139,141,142,145,232,233 . The heart can be normal at autopsy 181 . Petechiae may be found in the myocardium, and larger hemorrhages have...